Happy Friday! HealthLeaders says that hospital and health system executives should work on improving the patient experience and prioritize HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey) initiatives, as HCAHPS scores impact their organizations’ reputations and reimbursements. In fact, HCAHPS scores will determine up to 2% of a hospital or health system’s Medicare payments by 2017, up from 1.5% in 2015.
In other news, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reviewing its current risk-adjustment model as it plans to develop a new model for how it pays dual-eligible health plans. This news came days after an analysis showed that it was underpaying these plans. As reported in Healthcare Payer News, CMS is now considering having separate model segments for each subgroup with a distinct cost profile, and is seeking comments on the proposed changes through November 25.
Also this week, FierceHealthcare reported on the recent research conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery, which found that surgical-site infections are the top reason for hospital readmissions. Researchers in the study emphasized the importance of critically assessing the factors for 30-day readmissions of emergency general surgery (EGS) patients, and in doing so, determining which strategies hospitals can incorporate to reduce readmissions and save costs.
This upcoming week we’ll be exhibiting at HFMA’s Region 9 conference, taking place from November 15-17th at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans. If you’re attending, please drop by our booth and say hello!